This past week’s Change the World Wednesday challenge was:
- Use to clean the microwave – Add lemon rinds to a bowl half filled with water and cook on high for 5 mins. The steam created will loosen any crud making it easy to wipe away.
- Freshen the Garbage disposal – Send spent lemons down the garbage disposal to freshen them.
- Use to scrub greasy messes – Use a juiced lemon, add some salt if you need more of a scouring action – be careful with Granite or Marble.
- Infused Vinegar – use the peels to infuse plain white distilled vinegar with lemons awesome scent and cleaning power. Fill a glass jar with lemon peels then fill the jar with white vinegar. Let this sit for 2 weeks. Strain and use as a cleaner.
- Make Limoncello – This is an Italian lemon flavored alcohol. There are many recipes on the internet. This would make a great gift.
- Make zest – You can zest a lemon, dry the zest on a towel then store in a jar. You can also freeze the zest. Use any where you would use fresh zest or lemon.
- Make Lemon Powder – Make the zest above, dry it thoroughly, then grind in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestal. You can also peel the zest with a vegetable peeler and roast the peels lightly, then crush into a powder. Use the powder anywhere you would lemon juice.
- Preserved lemons – Preserved lemons are whole lemons preserved with salt. Preserved lemons are used in many Moroccan dishes. This can also be done with limes.
- Candied lemon peels – These sound really yummy! They can be eaten like candy or used as a garnish.
- Lemon infused Olive Oil – Lemon infused oils are delicious and a great way to use lemon peels.
- Freeze the used halves, then use when roasting fish or chicken. I always place lemons inside the cavity of a chicken. It just gives such a good flavor.
- Make a sugar scrub – Mix 1/2 sugar with finely chopped lemon peel. Add enough olive oil to make a paste. Use in the shower as a body scrub to soften your skin.
- Soften Elbows – Add some salt or baking soda to a lemon half. Scrub elbows to soften.
*Top picture used under Creative Commons by Mowie Kay/Flickr.
This post is part of Frugal Days Sustainable Ways.